Americans love celebrating the Fourth of July with glorious fireworks, but your dogs—terrorized by the noise—could panic and make a run for it.
Noise anxiety in dogs is real. Fireworks make loud noises accompanied by bright flashes of light that many dogs find scary. It’s estimated that 40 percent of dogs experience noise anxiety from fireworks and thunderstorms. Many of those dogs—if given an opportunity—will run away in an attempt to escape the noise.
Animal shelter staff say their busiest day of the year is July 5, when many of the Independence Day runaway dogs turn up. Losing a pet can be devastating for both pet and owner.
In case your dog bolts, pet parents should be sure their dogs are micro-chipped and they’ve registered their current contact information with the micro-chip manufacturer. If the manufacturer doesn’t have your information, they can’t contact you if your pet is brought into an animal shelter or veterinarian’s office and the chip is scanned.
Aside from ensuring your pet is micro-chipped, here are some measures you can take on July 4, to ease your pet’s anxiety:
- Shelter them in a safe, quiet room of your home away from outside walls and windows.
- If they like their crate, put it in the quiet room, letting them choose to be in it.
- Provide calming music or other white noise.
- Give them their favorite toys or treats.
- Talk to your veterinarian ahead of time about prescription medications or over-the-counter remedies to help sooth your dog’s anxiety.
If you’re planning to micro-chip your pets, be sure to take them to a veterinarian licensed with the California Veterinary Medical Board. To verify the license, click HERE.
With advance preparation, you can help your pet stay safe and calm on Independence Day.